Some readers may recognize this month’s cover photo by Sandy Updyke of Hovland, because it was the first place winner in the People category of our 2013 Northern Wilds Photography Contest. At the time we were judging the contest we were also in the midst of redesigning the magazine. We used the photo as one of our cover mock-ups in the design process and liked it so much that we scheduled it as the cover for our August issue.
Our 2014 Northern Wilds Photo Contest is currently underway. Once again, we are asking you to submit your favorite photos in four categories: People, Landscape, Wildlife and Dogs. You can enter up to three photos in each category to compete for prizes, including $250 worth of class credits to the North House Folk School in Grand Marais. You can learn more about the contest on Page 58 of this issue. The deadline for contest entries is Sept. 30.
We take pride in the photography we publish in every issue of Northern Wilds. In every issue, you’ll see images from talented photographers throughout the region, including Paul Sundberg, Bryan Hansel, Nace Hagemann, David Johnson, Michael Furtman, James Smedley, Travis Novitsky and Chris Gibbs. Some of our columnists writers are handy with a camera, too, like Gord Ellis, Kelsey Roseth, Joan Farnam, Eric Chandler and Elle Andra-Warner.
Much of the credit for our consistently good photography goes to our staff, especially managing editor Erin Altemus, who searches high and low for the best photos for our cover, the Catchlight page and for events and stories. Intrepid NorthShore ArtScene columnist Joan Farnam also goes the extra mile to track down both photos and art images that are used throughout the publication.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. When you live in a place as beautiful as the Northern Wilds, words often fall short of the extraordinary scenery we take for granted. That’s why we stuff as many full-color photos as we can into every issue of Northern Wilds. This issue is no different. As you turn the pages, the photos will take you out on Lake Superior, canoeing in the BWCAW, swimming in clear-running streams, to breakfast in a Finnish restaurant and almost to the top of Mount Ranier—but we’ll let Eric Chandler tell you about that. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but we need writers to tell the whole story.—Shawn Perich and Amber Pratt